Navigating Your Annual Fund Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recorded On: 03/20/2020


As school advancement teams adjust to the COVID-19 Pandemic, one of the many challenges they face is how to move forward with their annual fund appeals. To explore this issue, Dan Allenby (AGN) led a conversation with industry experts Skylar Beaver (Lawrenceville School), Jenny Daigle Benoit (Penn State), and Emily Kernan (U. of Pennsylvania) in which they shared their experiences, offered perspectives, and tackled important questions.

Register now for your entire team to learn how to navigate your annual fund through the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Is it ok to send appeals?
  • Can you adjust what you’re asking donors to support?
  • Should you cancel your upcoming Giving Day?
  • How can your team stay focused and productive as they work from home?
  • And more!

Skylar Beaver

Director of The Lawrenceville Fund, The Lawrenceville School

Skylar Beaver is the Director of The Lawrenceville Fund at The Lawrenceville School. A frequent CASE presenter and past Chair of STAFF’s Sharing the Annual Fund Fundamentals, she brings more than a decade of advancement experience to her work with AGN. Previously, she led annual giving efforts at The Spence School, Washington and Lee University, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Skylar has a B.A. in Sociology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and an M.P.A. in nonprofit management from SUNY Brockport.

Jenny Daigle Benoit

Executive Director of Annual Giving, The Pennsylvania State University

Jenny Daigle Benoit is the Executive Director of Annual Giving at The Pennsylvania State University, where she oversees direct appeal and annual fund volunteer programs across the institution. Previously, she served as the Senior Director of Annual Giving at Tulane University, where she worked for over 15 years in positions of increasing responsibility. She's an active member of the Annual Giving Directors' Consortium and a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Jenny holds a Bachelor's degree from Tulane University and is currently pursuing her Master of Education in Higher Education at Penn State.

Emily Kernan

Executive Director of the Annual Fund, Rice University

Emily Kernan is the Executive Director of the Annual Fund at Rice University, where she oversees or facilitates all aspects of the institution's annual giving program including direct appeals, class giving and stewardship. Previously, she held several positions in the annual fund at Lafayette College. She's a member of the Annual Giving Directors Consortium, a presenter with CASE and the Houston chapter of AFP, and teaches regularly on the topic of philanthropy at Rice University. Emily holds a B.A. in English from SUNY Binghamton.


Navigating Your Annual Fund Through the COVID-19 Pandemic
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